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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-345 6543
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07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s...

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.

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Awesome Kaituna Rafting Experience

Yesterday had awesome experience on Kaituna. Our guide Ricky was great. River Rats is very safety conscious. Very good equipment. The 7 meter waterfall was an adrenaline rush... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Yesterday had awesome experience on Kaituna. Our guide Ricky was great. River Rats is very safety conscious. Very good equipment. The 7 meter waterfall was an adrenaline rush. Highly recommend. My 1st time with class 5 rapids (several times with class 4) and our raft had a couple of people with no rafting experience but they did great and had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Professional, friendly, clear and in control guides (ours was Dave). River is great and the whole tour was enjoyable. Highly recommend this particular run, it's not particularly scary, despite its rating. Of course you need a good guide to make you feel that way! For an adrenaline junky there are some disappointing calm patches where other riders may get out... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've ranted before but never like this! Going over 3 waterfalls, one 7 meters high, was incredibly fun! We are seniors and felt that we were in very competent hands!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome trip. Neville was a great guide made us feel really safe as we had never done this before. Highly recommend this rafting company and got some great photos.

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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time rafters on The Wairoa. Awesome river ! Awesome guide Neville ! Cannot wait to try another river. 100% recommend this company

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our grade five trip down the wairoa was fantastic. Very professional and well guided An exciting day. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the most amazing time on our Whitewater rafting trip down the Kaituna River. Everything was well organized and the guides were a lot of fun and super friendly. The rafting itself was such a cool experience and we had such a great time. I was a little bit nervous as I had never done anything like this before... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been rafting before but nothing like this! The trip is fairly short, less than 1 hour, but the thrill of the 2 drops were awesome! The rest of the ride was very mellow. Once you go over the falls there is a calm pool to regroup in case anyone flips or falls out. It is very safe and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though we were hesitant, my husband and I did the Grade 5 Wairoa River trip, mainly because it fit into our schedule, and the woman we talked to on the phone convinced us we could handle it. What an adrenaline rush! At the biggest drop (I think it was 7 meters), we both got a lot of water up... More 

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RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this review

This trip was on was the Grade 5 Kaituna River which features the 7m waterfall. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well what a great way to spend 3 hours of this wonderful life! Absolutely amazing fun, the guides were amazing, they really made this adventure a wonderful experience. Fun witty and friendly, very skilled, and at no point did I feel unsafe. Thanks River Rat team. Photos are available on USB at the end.

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